M4 Relief Road and the Gwent Levels
Thursday 24th November 2016, 7pm at
Wallace Lecture Theatre (0.13), Main Building, Cardiff University
A presentation by Ian Rappel, Chief Executive of the Gwent Wildlife Trust
The Gwent Levels is one of the largest surviving areas of ancient grazing marshes and reen (drainage ditch) systems in Britain. It is an area of national significance for its wildlife and is particularly important for the rare invertebrates and plants found in the reens, as well as a wide range of declining farmland birds and mammal species such as brown hare, otter and water vole. It is one of the most unique habitats in Wales, and most of it is supposedly ‘protected’ under a series of adjoining Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
This gem of the natural world is currently threatened by the Welsh Government’s plans to build an M4 Relief Road to ease traffic congestion around Newport. The proposed road would go through five SSSI’s and cross a Special Area of Conservation. Ian Rappel is Chief Executive of the Gwent Wildlife Trust and is leading the campaign against this damaging proposal. Ian will be outlining more environmentally friendly alternatives and describing what members of the public can do to try and protect this very special habitat from being harmed.